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With a possible Apple tag waiting in the wings, Tile unveils Sticker, an adhesive device for tracking objects

With a possible Apple tag waiting in the wings, Tile unveils Sticker, an adhesive device for tracking objects We are still waiting to see if Apple officially unveils a new spin on the business of tracking tags — the small devices that you put on ‘dumb’ objects like keys, wallets and other […]

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Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit. To wit: iOS 13, […]

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Mozilla flips the default switch on Firefox tracker cookie blocking

Mozilla flips the default switch on Firefox tracker cookie blocking From today Firefox users who update to the latest version of the browser will find a pro-privacy setting flipped for them on desktop and Android smartphones, assuming they didn’t already have the anti-tracking cookie feature enabled. Mozilla launched the Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) […]

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WebKit’s new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security

WebKit’s new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple’s Safari browser, has announced a new tracking prevention policy that takes the strictest line yet on the background and cross-site tracking practices and technologies which are used to creep on […]

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Google keeps a history of your locations even when Location History is off

Google keeps a history of your locations even when Location History is off In a wonderfully clear example of “dark patterns” designed to mislead users and retain control over their data, Google continues tracking your location even when you turn off Location History and are told that “the places you go are […]

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LocationSmart didn’t just sell mobile phone locations, it leaked them

LocationSmart didn’t just sell mobile phone locations, it leaked them What’s worse than companies selling the real-time locations of cell phones wholesale? Failing to take security precautions that prevent people from abusing the service. LocationSmart did both, as numerous sources indicated this week. The company is adjacent to a hack of Securus, […]

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How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches Another week, another massive privacy scandal. When it’s not Facebook admitting it allowed data on as many as 87 million users to be sucked out by a developer on its platform who sold it to a political consultancy working for the Trump campaign, or dating […]

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It was not consent, it was concealment 

It was not consent, it was concealment  Facebook’s response to the clutch of users who are suddenly woke — triggered to delve into their settings by the Facebook data misuse scandal and #DeleteFacebook backlash — to the fact the social behemoth is, quietly and continuously, harvesting sensitive personal data about them and their friends tells […]

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Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays

Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays  You may remember that last year, Verizon was punished by the FCC for injecting information into its subscribers’ traffic that allowed them to be tracked without their consent. That practice appears to be alive and well despite […]

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User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collection

User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collection  Earlier this week, it was revealed that independent phone maker OnePlus was collecting all manner of information from phones running its OxygenOS — without telling users, of course. Caught red-handed, the company is backing off from the opt-out data collection program, […]

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